Bikram Yoga Missoula Newsletter
November, 2015     
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New Class
Don't forget about the Core 40 class. Come see firsthand what all the rage is about!
College Night
Thursday night 6 pm classes are College Nights. A valid college ID gets you into class for a $5 drop-in.

Friend-ly Reminder
Remember to bring your friends to class with you. Bring three friends and get 20% off a class card or merchandise! (Grab a punch card from the desk!)



"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."
~ Lao Tzu

"You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection."
~ Buddha










Dear fellow yogis and yoginis,

Welcome to the month of love. The Hallmark version of Valentine's Day is one thing, but we're thinking about something much bigger. What about the love we can share with our community? Our families and friends? What about the love we can show ourselves? This month, come in and show yourself some love. We can't wait to see you in the hot room.

Warmest regards,

and the BYM crew

February Donations
Beginning in 2016 we are going to take our monthly donations in a new direction. We have decided that one of the ways we can support the larger Missoula community is by supporting the people in the BYM community. We are always excited to thank and recognize the fantastic things accomplished by the members of our yoga family.

......Shhhh, it's a SECRET
This month we will have the special pleasure of putting together a gift basket for Jess and her new baby who will be arriving this month. We know that many of you are eager to show Jess and her family some love and we think that this might be the perfect way. You can donate via cash, check, gift card, or specific gift - anything you want! - but remember that it's a secret. Simply come up to the desk and say that you have something for the February donation we'll make sure it gets to her.
Water Bottles! 
(Or, Let's Dump the Plastic)

Here at BYM we try to be conscientious about how our actions affect the world outside the studio. In an effort to align our beliefs with our actions, we're going to begin to cut down on the amount of plastic being sold by cutting back on selling  Smart Water. Our plan is to rent out reusable water bottles for $2.50 and we're hoping that some of you might donate your extra water bottles.
Also, we have a lot of water bottles in the lost and found. If you've been looking for one, come and check in with us sooner than later. At the end of the month we will be taking the unclaimed water bottles to use for rent.
(Want to know more about how the use of plastics impacts the environment? Here's some more information: or 

Notice a New Hum?
If you notice a new hum when you enter the hot room, look around and check out the new humidifiers. These new, fancy humidifiers are stronger and smarter than the old ones; they even allow us to turn them on long before class so that we can  ensure that the room is up to par when you get there - even at 6:30 am!

Visiting Teachers
This month we will have two visiting teachers at the studio. Don will be back from February 15-22 and Montana will be with us from February 10 through the end of the month. Let's show them the BYM love!

Don is back!
Don was born in Missoula and graduated from Columbia Falls HS a long time ago. :)  He went through his yoga teacher training in 2007 in Hawaii.  He has been fortunate to teach yoga around the world, but of course he loves teaching in Missoula the BEST!!  


Meet Montana Umbel!
Here's a word from Montana:  In summer of 2012, I started practicing Bikram. I had never done yoga before, not ever. Touching my toes seemed harder than running 10 miles. My first class was in Fort Worth, TX and I will never forget that class . . . something changed for me. Despite struggling through every posture, I knew I had found something that felt so right.

It was never my plan to go to teacher training.  I felt like I just awoke and said, "Ok, this is what I am going to do! Now!" At the time, I was pursuing a second degree in Nursing. I decided to leave nursing school and go to Spring Teacher Training, 2013. One of the BEST decisions of my life! I love teaching and if, in any way, I am helping make someone's life better, I am happy. I hope Bikram yoga moves people the same way it moved me. My practice has helped me connect with my body, both physically and emotionally.

You do not have to be the most flexible or the strongest person in the room. Every class is a success as long as you try, accept who you are in mirror, and do what you came in that room to do for 90 minutes. It is hot, it is hard but the physical and emotional benefits will show in unique and amazing ways that maybe one never thought possible.

The practice of yoga is a journey not a destination. Be grateful to yourself and your body. All you have to do is try the right way.


Upcoming Workshops

Core 40 Workshop
On Saturday, February 28, we will offer a 2 ½ - 3 hour workshop class that will explore the details of the postures and movements in the Core 40 class. Although it shares the same postures as the 26 +2 series, there are important (and obvious!) differences. Come learn the reasons for the differences. The cost is $25. Sign up at the front desk.

Yoga and Reiki for Charity
Bikram Yoga Missoula and the Inner Peace Reiki community invite you to join us for a fusion of Reiki and Yoga on  Saturday March 5 , at  12:00pm . This will be a donation class and your generous donations will go to  Watson Children's Shelter .

Through our Bikram Yoga practice, we aim to bring balance and wellness by harmonizing the body, mind and breath. This is facilitated through a series of 26 body postures, breathing techniques and meditation. We hope to enhance your practice by integrating a slightly modified version of the 26 postures with a 'hands on' Reiki experience to further harmonize your body, mind, and life force energy.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by channeling energy through the "laying on of hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel  stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy." Reiki has been described as an "energy massage" because it aims to restore an unimpeded flow of life energy. 

Please join us in conjunction with the Inner Peace Reiki community who will be donating their time to this charitable event. We look forward to providing this fusion of Yoga and Reiki for an enjoyable and beneficial experience! Registration and class size will be limited; please sign up at the front desk. We will provide further details upon registration.

Please visit the Inner Peace Reiki website for a more detailed explanation of Reiki.

Foundation Training Workshop
Saturday, April 23rd, 12-5pm
Stay posted for more details as we get closer, but if you want to know more about chronic pain and the Foundation philosophy, check out the Foundation website  here. Or, you can listen to their TED talk  here.

Schedule Updates:
Stay up to date with our daily or weekly schedule  HERE.


Heart Rate and Hot Yoga
We recently did a small experiment here at BYM and thought you might be interested in the results. Please keep in mind that these results came from a male student and that these charts just show one person's data; results will vary with age, experience in the class, and cardiovascular health.

The 6o minute results show that this yogi burned 686 calories, had an average heart rate of 131 beats per minute, and a maximum of 163 beats per minute.

In the 90 minute class he burned 852 calories and had an average hear rate of 125 beats per minute, with a max heart rate of 154 beats per minute.
In both of these experiences you can see the quick intervals of increase and decrease, which are characteristic of a vinyasa class (a 20 minute run would show a more sustained heart rate). Check out how quickly his heart rate dropped for savasana! Note, too, that when he left class his heart rate was still elevated. Remember that your benefits follow you for quite some time after you leave class.
With the advent of more convenient measuring devices (like the fitbit, etc.) many people are becoming more aware of the exact qualities of their exercise experiences. For a longer, more authoritative consideration of the relationship between cardio activity and yoga, check out this  article.